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8 Easy Warm-You-Up Chili Recipes

October 27, 2020 (Updated on July 8, 2021)

If you’re looking for easy warm-you-up chili recipes, you’re in the right place! These nourishing chili recipes are all made with real food ingredients and are so simple to throw together.

Perfect for bringing a little bit of cozy to your busy weeknights.

I don’t know about you but chili is one of my top comfort foods!

And when the cooler months hit, I crave all-things-cozy.

So it’s no wonder I find myself reaching for these 8 easy warm-you-up chili recipes over and over again. They’re so simple to throw together and make for such a satisfying meal. I gathered my most-loved chili recipes into one post, in case you’re craving something quick and cozy too.

They’re ideal for an intimate gathering, game day, a fall or Halloween party, or a weekday chili night. Add a big green salad and some warm muffins straight out of the oven and you’ve got the perfect fall or winter meal.

To me, chili is all about minimal prep with maximum flavor.

Drop a bunch of real-food ingredients into a slow cooker or instant pot.

Set your cook time.

And before you know it, dinner is ready.

Don’t miss the muffin recipes at the end. All easy to bake and perfect to pair with your favorite fall chilis and stews.

I hope you’ll make these comforting recipes soon. If you do, be sure to share it on Instagram and tag me at @realfoodwholelife so I can see! Now, let’s make some Easy Warm-You-Up Chili Recipes!

Can I freeze chili for later?

Yes, I love freezing leftover chili, soups & stews for quick lunches and dinners on the go.

My favorite method is to freeze in individual servings in mason jars.

Here’s a step-by-step for how to freeze in mason jars.

8 easy warm-you-up chili recipes

5-Ingredient Black Bean Sweet Potato Chili is simple to prepare, totally nourishing, and absolutely delicious.

Black beans & sweet potatoes go together so well! This recipe for black bean stuffed sweet potatoes is another super satisfying vegetarian meal.

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6-Ingredient Slow Cooker Chicken Taco Chili is an insanely simple and totally tasty recipe to throw together any night of the week.

Fan of Mexican-inspired flavors? Then I think you'll love this crockpot loaded Mexican Chicken Soup recipe!

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Instant Pot Turkey Paleo Pumpkin Chili is a simple, healthy one-pot meal that can be prepared in a matter of minutes. A gluten-free, dairy-free, paleo, whole30 recipe.

Looking for more savory pumpkin recipes? My slow cooker Tuscan pumpkin soup recipe is a family favorite (and I think you might really like it too).

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Sweet, spicy, and easy to throw together, Slow Cooker Paleo Turkey Apple Chili is perfect for fall or anytime of year. With a 30-Minute stovetop option you can make this one anytime.

Need another easy weeknight slow cooker idea? This crockpot mini turkey meatball vegetable soup recipe never lets me down & is surprisingly simple to make!

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Packed with goodness and done in under 30-minutes, Beef & Butternut Paleo Chili is sure to become a weeknight staple!

Could you use another quick & easy ground beef recipe? This 20-minute southwest beef & sweet potato skillet is a great recipe to keep in your backpocket on busy weeks!

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Hearty, warming, and simple to prepare, Slow Cooker Pumpkin Paleo Chili is a new fall classic that you’ll want to make all year round!

Another must-try paleo pumpkin recipe is my Tuscan Pumpkin Pasta Sauce! Pair it with zoodles or any spiralized veggie for a grain-free, paleo-friendly option.

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Slow Cooker Easy Beef & Bean Chili is super fast to prep and yields rich, hearty results every time. Pile on the toppings and have yourself some chili tonight!

Looking for something a little lighter? You might really like this recipe for slow cooker chicken, black bean, and quinoa stew. It's a filling dinner that's super simple to throw together.

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20-Minute Reset Turkey Chili is a delicious weeknight staple that’s fast, filling, can be made in one pan, and with just 10 ingredients.

You can also use ground turkey for this quick dish! These weeknight turkey tacos with sweet corn salsa come together in less than 20 minutes.

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muffins to bake + serve with your chili

Fresh out of the oven, One-Bowl Cornbread Muffins (Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free) are tender, slightly sweet, and perfect as a side or on their own.

You can make these in a round or square pan too! This naturally sweetened one-bowl honey vanilla cornmeal cake is just as easy to make.

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One-Bowl Triple Apple Cider Spiced Muffins are a super tender, totally healthy, and packed with all the flavors of fall. A gluten-free, dairy-free, grain-free recipe.

Speaking of one-bowl muffin recipes! Have you tried these flourless sweet potato pie muffins yet? They make the perfect naturally sweet treat!

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These easy One-Bowl Apple Cornmeal Muffins are quick to make and yield a tender, apple studded muffin that makes a great breakfast, afternoon snack, or side to your favorite autumn soups and chilis. Plus they’re naturally gluten-, dairy- and refined sugar-free!

Looking for an even more decadent apple dessert? This salted caramel paleo apple crisp is a family favorite that you've gotta try!

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tools to make these easy warm-you-up chili recipes + sides

6-quart programmable slow cooker

6-quart pressure cooker

Chef’s knife

12-Cup Muffin Tin

Silicone Muffin Liners


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